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Teacher professional development day

Teacher professional development day

21 April 2022

In April, Sanctuary Mountain hosted a Teacher Professional Development Day focussing on conservation education and wellbeing – learning IN the environment. This professional development day was created and delivered in collaboration with Tash...

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Social & Environmental Sustainability Business Award

Social & Environmental Sustainability Business Award

11 April 2022

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is the recent recipient of the Waikato Chamber of Commerce Social & Environmental Sustainability Business Award.  As always, winning these awards are the...

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Let's celebrate wellbeing

Let's celebrate wellbeing

11 April 2022

The Wellbeing Celebration was an intimate but wonderful event with a turnout of almost 100 people - not too bad at the peak of a pandemic. The sun shone and the manu made delightful appearances. Feedback on the sessions has been great and we had a good...

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Proven! Maungatautari improves wellbeing - Report

Proven! Maungatautari improves wellbeing - Report

31 March 2022

It will come as no surprise to those who frequent Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (SMM), that it's now proven through a measurement framework conducted by experts, that visiting SMM improves your wellbeing. Experts in social impact measurement Huber...

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Kiwi capture

Kiwi capture

31 March 2022

The Maungatautari kiwi mahi is ramping up greatly as we move closer to the prime season for capturing kiwi. This year we are anticipating we will capture up to 60 kiwi to send to Tongariro national park to help bolster their North Island brown kiwi...

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Volunteer story by Steve Cooper

Volunteer story by Steve Cooper

2 March 2022

After moving to Cambridge from Warkworth in 2015, I was asked by a friend if I was interested in doing volunteer work at Maungatautari with a great group of people known as the Gofa team. My wife, Judi, and I had done a lot of recreational bird...

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Uni project placement surveying riflemen

Uni project placement surveying riflemen

2 March 2022

Hi, I’m Oliver Lewis and I was recently based at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari for my university project placement for my thesis (University of Otago). I was tasked with surveying the newly introduced riflemen (titipounamu), and working out the...

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Education - Virtual Learning Sessions available

Education - Virtual Learning Sessions available

1 March 2022

It has been great to support schools to visit Maungatautari in single class-sized visits as the new school year has started. Sanctuary Mountain would also love to bring conservation to your classroom through a virtual online learning session. It's...

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How you can help

How you can help

1 February 2022

From the Chief Executive Officer by Phil Lyons Kia ora koutou, Things are moving at pace here at the maunga. With kākāpō, the new Education Centre, wellbeing programmes, and returning international travellers all imminent in 2022, we have a...

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Northern Enclosure reopening

Northern Enclosure reopening

9 January 2022

We greeted 2022 with some fantastic news that the northern enclosure, at the top of Hicks Road, was reopening to the public from January 1st 2022. This is after almost 4 years of closure, but with the help and support of local council,...

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Honouring Ally

Honouring Ally

23 December 2021

Earlier this month, the team hosted a morning tea to celebrate the White Heron award which was given virtually at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Normally this award is given in-person during the AGM but due to covid, we decided to hold the event...

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Kootuku Rerenga Tahi, White Heron Award by Don Scarlet

Kootuku Rerenga Tahi, White Heron Award by Don Scarlet

1 December 2021

A special presentation speech given at our AGM Kootuku Rerenga Tahi – White Heron Award. By Don Scarlet MNZM. Co-Chair, Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari | Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust Before I announce the recipient of this award, I...

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Jobs for Nature: our new recruits

Jobs for Nature: our new recruits

1 December 2021

Last month, our four new Ranger recruits start their mahi at Maungatautari. As part of the Jobs for Nature programme, supported by the Department of Conservation, our new Rangers will contribute greatly to the project and the future of Sanctuary...

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Early Christmas presents for our Rangers thanks to The ToolShed!

1 December 2021

Truly blown away! We'd like to thank The Tool Shed and all of our partners and supporters for supplying over 20K worth of tools for our Rangers, Biosecurity and Operations teams. Less than 24 hours after taking home the NZ Tourism award for...

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NZ Tourism Awards 2021

NZ Tourism Awards 2021

1 December 2021

We want to say thank you to all of our supporters and we are very thankful for being the recipients of the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust - Community Engagement Award for 2021. We were amongst great company and are extremely proud of the work we...

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Telemetry training opportunity by Craig Montgomerie

Telemetry training opportunity by Craig Montgomerie

1 September 2021

In the past few weeks, I have been sketching up a plan to achieve an annual kiwi muster for our translocations that will take place in the not too distant future. We are brainstorming what tools and resources we will require to undertake as we are still...

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In honour of Lance

1 September 2021

From the Chief Executive Officer by Phil Lyons Kia ora Koutou He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata Here at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, we often refer to those inspired Kaitiaki who have gone before us. These...

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Community links: WaiPAC visit to the Sanctuary!

1 September 2021

Recently a short ‘cheque‘ handover ceremony was held at the Visitor Centre in the midst of the Covid 19 Level 2 restrictions. Waikato Pesticides Awareness (WaiPAC) had recently wound up because the work it was established to do had been...

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Maungatautari history book project update

Maungatautari history book project update

1 August 2021

Since the March 2021 when we first wrote about the project to produce a beautiful book telling the story of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari over the past twenty years, our group has been meeting regularly. A “treasure trove” of resources has...

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The Cadets are out in full force!

The Cadets are out in full force!

1 July 2021

Throughout this year, we’ve partnered with Toi Ohomai to host a cadetship for their environmental studies students to participate in.  Our Sanctuary Mountain Rangers accompany these cadets around the sanctuary to partake in varying projects to...

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CEO Report June 2021 - Phil Lyons

CEO Report June 2021 - Phil Lyons

10 June 2021

Kia ora Koutou,   On Sunday 30th May, we held our annual volunteer appreciation day.  This was a celebration of our volunteers and their wonderful contribution to the maunga.  Our stories ranged from 1998 to the present day,...

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The new SMM Biosecurity Plan and the expert support of STAP By Dan Howie

The new SMM Biosecurity Plan and the expert support of STAP By Dan Howie

11 May 2021

As many Maunga Matters readers will know, much of the work conducted at SMM is guided by a biosecurity plan. The purpose of this plan is to outline the processes used to safeguard translocated indigenous species and to protect the sanctuary against...

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20+ conservation heading to Maungatautari

13 November 2020

The Department of Conservation Kiwibank Conservation Dogs programme is holding its annual training week at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Many of the Kiwi Bank Conservation Dog handlers are in remote areas and do not often have the opportunity for...

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Convex New Zealand Ltd and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari team up!

Convex New Zealand Ltd and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari team up!

19 June 2020

A new partnership between Hamilton based Convex and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is being celebrated with Convex planting 100 kowhai trees around the Tari Road Visitor Centre on Friday, 3 July. Around 20 team members from Convex will be heading to...

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Species update - March 2020

Species update - March 2020

3 April 2020

It was the biggest day of the year for our takahe families on the 12th March, when all of them were captured for annual health checks and chick banding and vaccination.  Thankfully, all four babies have been growing well and are now starting to look...

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Summer highlights from a volunteer guide

Summer highlights from a volunteer guide

31 January 2020

By Rosie Cahalane I've now been guiding for two years and it is such a joy to introduce visiting groups to the maunga. It has helped me to truly appreciate the uniqueness of our environment and wildlife while at the same time meeting lots of...

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Nganekos Pou

Nganekos Pou

2 December 2019

By Graham Parker Nganeko’s Pou is a memorial to Nganeko Tawhai, who was the sole owner of Maungatautari 4GIV block in the 1800s. She was the wife of Mahuta Potatau Tawhiao, third king of the Waikato-Tainui iwi. This block formed the gateway...

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Long-term dedication from two volunteers

2 December 2019

By Neil Smith  Back in 2007 I started volunteering on the maunga by carrying out the monthly close-up inspections of the part of the perimeter fence on the boundary of the Andree-Wiltens farm. Soon after that I joined Rod’s gofer team and...

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Track clearing

Track clearing

2 December 2019

By Peter Lee-Johnson, Programme Officer, Katikati Tramping Group (KKTC) When Jessica Meade approached me regarding our club spending a day at Sanctuary Mountain helping staff with track clearing, a notice to club members produced an enthusiastic...

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The life of a volunteer visitor host

The life of a volunteer visitor host

2 December 2019

My name is Ruth and for the past 10 years I have been a volunteer Visitor Host at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. I would like to share with you some thoughts about this wonderful safe haven.  The predator proof fence enclosing such a large...

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Carpark build starts at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

Carpark build starts at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

5 November 2019

Carpark build starts at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Construction on the new visitor carpark begins at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari’s this Thursday, 7th November. We are very excited about this new development, but there will be some...

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Eco-sanctuaries

Eco-sanctuaries

31 October 2019

There are two types of ecosanctuaries; those which are fenced, such as our Maunga, and those which are not, but which rely on bait stations to provide a level of protection to enable native and endemic species to breed.  I have been involved with...

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Winter wanderings of photographer

Winter wanderings of photographer

31 October 2019

By Russell Ingram-Seal – invertebrate enthusiast, amateur photographer and kiwi conservation volunteer. In July I was lucky enough to be given permission to explore Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari to look at invertebrates in the evenings and...

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Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and Mother Earth sign sponsorship deal

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and Mother Earth sign sponsorship deal

13 September 2019

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari and food brand Mother Earth have partnered up for a sponsorship targeted at education programmes at the wildlife sanctuary.   The sponsorship will go towards improving the education programme that Sanctuary...

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Finalist at 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

Finalist at 2018 New Zealand Biosecurity Awards

12 November 2018

Last 12 November 2018, Sanctuary Mountain Chief Executive Phil Lyons and Sanctuary Manager Geoff Churchill attended an awards gala evening for the Ministry for Primary Industries' New Zealand Biosecurity Awards. Sanctuary Mountain is a finalist...

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